Business is simply a tool to help you get what you want out of your life. You cannot be effective in business, without being an effective person yourself. And if you are a leader, you cannot expect others to do what you won’t do. The very best way to demonstrate great leadership is to go first and set a fine example. To achieve personal effectiveness, follow these four simple steps.
Step 1 – The first step in getting what you want is to think and, after reflection, decide what you want.
Step 2 – The second step in getting what you want is to invest in yourself and learn how you can achieve what you want. Search the Internet, read a book, listen to a CD, listen to a podcast, attend a seminar, hire a coach or join a mastermind group. Help yourself by becoming a life-long learner.
Step 3 – The third step is to take focused, clear and specific actions designed to help you to achieve what you want.
Step 4 – The fourth step is to assess the results of your focused actions and determine whether the actions have led to the desired outcome. Measure your progress, and when your actions have not worked out, adjust and try another focused action designed to achieve the right results. DO NOT GIVE UP, EVER! Persistence pays off and, often when someone gives up, it was just before the tide was ready to turn. When you’ve achieved the results you were looking for, start over again at step one and decide what’s next.
Personal Effectiveness begins with self-awareness. Get an Extended DISC Behavior Analysis and study it or you can hire a business coach to guide you through and analyze your results for you. These results will tell you how you do things, how you make decisions, how you communicate, where you are strong and where you need to develop new strengths. Once you know more about yourself, you can better manage situations along the way, driving greater results!
Another part of achieving Personal Effectiveness is to maximize your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional abilities. You will be more likely to reach your goals with peace of mind.
You will also want to make your goals SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Oriented, Time-Based). Writing down your goals increases the likelihood that they will be achieved. Post them where you will see them often and they will become a part of your subconscious. Keep in mind that, achieving your goals is really about Choice Management, not Time Management so think more about making great choices. Then prioritize and manage your choices wisely and you will get better results. If it’s important, collect it on a to-do list or capture it in your daily notes for future scheduling on your calendar. Then take action, starting with the most important things first. Do this every day! If your goals are SMART, you can measure your progress on these goals. Then celebrate your progress and your success.
Why wait for tomorrow, form your new habits today!